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France – Temporary market recovery is lagging

28 February 2014

Temporary employment fell nationally by -2.7% during January 2014, compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from the French Association of Employment Agencies, Prism’Emploi.

Despite the positive numbers reported by the association in recent months, the number of temporary workers declined for all worker categories sectors in January 2014, compared to the same month a year ago: skilled blue-collar workers (-1.6%), managers and executives (-2.2%), white collar employees (-3.4%) and unskilled blue-collar workers (-3.7%).

Looking at the numbers of workers across the main industry sectors, the largest declines were recorded for the Services and Construction sectors: -4.4% and 6.9%, respectively.  The Transport sector fell moderately (-0.8%) compared to the Sales sector (-1%) and the Industrial sector (-1.8%).

Of the 21 French regions, six reported year-on-year growth in the number of temporary workers during December. Similarly to December 2013, the largest increases were found in Franche-Comté (+3.9%) and Auvergne (+3.8%), followed by Picardie (+3.6%). The regions of Languedoc-Roussillon, PACA once again reported the sharpest falls in temporary employment: -13.2% and -9.6%, respectively.

The Prism’Emploi Barometer is prepared by an independent third party, Umanis, and based on statistics reported by a panel of temporary employment agencies representing more than 80% of temporary employment in France.  

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